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Curriculum and Program of Studies

Philosophy of Curriculum

The Middle School
The middle school years are uniquely transformative. At Woodward, we are able to focus on the specific needs of girls, who will benefit from a strong personal foundation as they mature. Our middle school curriculum is designed to provide a solid academic base, and the learning tools and habits necessary for success in upper school and beyond. Study skills, time management, reading comprehension, and the math skills that must be mastered before upper school comprise the core of the curriculum. All middle schoolers are required to study Latin in grades 7, and 8. The curriculum is sequenced to build on skills as they are mastered. As students develop greater literacy and comprehension, and their thinking becomes more sophisticated, the curriculum and class expectations are appropriately broadened and increased.

The Upper School
Upper school students study with more freedom joined by higher expectations for self discipline and responsibility. The course offerings are broader, while in many cases more narrowly focused. The tools and habits learned in the middle school continue to be built upon, as students develop into educated, independent thinkers. College counseling is an intregral part of the Woodward experience from grade 9 forward.

Details of the curriculum may be found in the Program of Studies; click to download.
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